The Wind and the Oatmeal and the J.K. Rowling thing.

A Wind Advisory is in effect for much of Western Minnesota right now. They say the wind is gusting up to forty-five miles per hour and is knocking branches from trees and sending cats on long trips via the air*. This news does not bode well for those walking to work today (namely, me). WhileContinue reading “The Wind and the Oatmeal and the J.K. Rowling thing.”

Free Fiction.

I’ve recently stumbled across this website, which offers, on average, one to three short stories from many well known (and some not so well known) authors. It’s a wonderful site. Here’s a story available from Kurt Vonnegut. And here are several from Neil Gaiman. And finally, Arthur C. Clarke. (there’s also quite a few greatContinue reading “Free Fiction.”

Springtime In Minnesota

Sometime last week, I opened our front door to find a vision of green grass and of cascading raindrops. I stepped out onto our porch, inhaled deeply, filling my lungs with the refreshingly crisp air, and smiled. After a long and brutal winter, Spring had finally arrived. I returned inside, got dressed, and went forContinue reading “Springtime In Minnesota”

The One Where I Talk About Jonathan Coulton

I’m not sure how I first found the music of Jonathan Coulton. It may have been Wil Wheaton’s blog, it may have been Twitter, it may have been The Fabulist, I just don’t know. But I’m certainly glad I did. Here’s hoping I’m your first introduction to Jonathon Coulton’s music. Start here. I reccomend CodeContinue reading “The One Where I Talk About Jonathan Coulton”

Points Of Interest: A Link Thread.

Robotic Colon Snakes. As if the idea of colonoscopies didn’t sound uncomfortable enough, now researchers are developing self-propelling probes that crawl inside the colon and grip its sides with the aid of sticky films. Via: Warren Ellis — Vibrating Vinyl Beaver. Jeremy Fish has created Barry the Beaver, a ‘vibrating vinyl friend’ for all yourContinue reading “Points Of Interest: A Link Thread.”

Blogging: The Silent Killer.

A real, Honest-To-God, New York Times Headline for Sunday April 6th: In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop The article claims pro blogging is akin to a sweatshop. They work long hours, often to exhaustion. Many are paid by the piece — not garments, but blog posts. This is the digital-eraContinue reading “Blogging: The Silent Killer.”